Hi-Tech CEO’s Get-Out-Of-Jail Card: Full Recall Of Weight Loss Supplements
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals’ CEO and senior VP will remain in jail until they convince a federal judge they disseminated “a proper recall notice” for each of their products; the notices were distributed to “all retailers and anyone else associated with the products;” and their products are not available in retail stores.
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Following his recent arrest in a separate federal enforcement, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals CEO Jared Wheat and his firm are fined $40m for violating a 2008 court order on an FTC complaint about fraudulent weight loss claims. The financial sanction is justified by a “pattern of contemptuous conduct,” the judge said.
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals files a lawsuit in federal court after receiving an administrative detention order from FDA to stop distributing its DMAA-containing products. The firm argues FDA should conduct a rulemaking to propose banning DMAA rather than ordering firms to stop using it.
Dietary ingredients identified in recent FDA warning letters as linked to disease claims by marketers directing customers to scientific literature include omega-3 fatty acid, ginkgo biloba, glucosamine curcumin and vitamin D.